Buffalo, New York

Organizer: David Landrey
Contact: chaosbewitched@yahoo.com

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Conversations with key and often unheard voices from the arts and cultural community of the Niagara Region with Celeste Lawson, artist, arts advocate and arts administrator.

ADDITIONAL BUFFALO ARCHIVE: http://www.100tpcmedia.org/index.html

 

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  1. In the next few days, there will be details added listing our activities. So far, we have established the campus of Buffalo State College as the location for the central, outdoor event. There will be satellite venues added as we obtain them, and times will be given for all.

  2. Michael asked that I post this entire text, so here goes:

    “Everything changes, nothing remains without change.” – Buddha

    It’s raining outside as I write this. One of my best friends is moving completely across the North American continent today. I was talking with another friend about that the other day, and she asked me if I will miss him. I told her that it would depend on how our relationship evolves once he gets to his destination. Embedded in that is my concern about what will remain in the wake of this change. No matter what happens, “good” or “bad”, something will remain. A few weeks ago I went to this migrating friend’s lawn sale. I bought a charming little variegated spider plant in a red pot with a yellow water overflow dish. They match the color scheme of the tablecloth next to the window where the plant will grow. He told me while I chose the plant that the plants he had there for his sale were the first he had not “killed” in his career as an apartment container gardener. I am determined that this plant will not only thrive, but grow spider plant “babies” as well.

    Anyone who has grown a spider plant knows that those babies can be separated from the main plant and grown independently. One thing that can be done with them is to pass them on to another person to grow. I chose to buy this plant because it can provide something that someone else can grow. How I treat the plant will affect whether I can pass something viable. The remains of this change with my friend will forever affect what I pass on to others. It will likely affect him the same way. It’s up to us to choose and enact just what that will be. This brings me to this global project of 100 Thousand Poets for Change (100 TPC.)
    Words have power, and I’ve been thinking about the power of the words 100 Thousand Poets for Change. It struck me that it’s somewhat humorous to declare oneself to be for change. It’s like being for the rotation of the earth on its axis and its orbit around the sun. What would my power be to oppose those phenomena? It’s totally out of my hands. So is change. That’s no new, deep philosophical concept to any of you. You’re intelligent people. So I, and you if you choose to participate, have to decide, to choose, what we’re going to grow and pass on with this project. And maybe beyond that project in our daily lives. What will we do with those powerful, feel-good words, Poets for Change? The 100 Thousand feels pretty good too. It’s nice to feel relatedness and empowered by connection. I’m thinking abstractly about Buddha’s saying. If things don’t change, we have stagnation. In fluid dynamics, there’s a condition called stagnation point. Among other things, it’s a component of aerodynamics. Basically it means that there’s no exchange of material, no fluidity. No energy transformations occur, except pushback from the force of the flow brought to rest by an object. Somehow though, and I’m no aerodynamic engineer, that has something to do with the loft created that lifts an aircraft into the air. The combination of flow and pushback, chaos, create something as close to a miracle as I will ever need to see.

    No matter what change we as individuals and as poets for change pursue, expect some pushback. Without it, we can’t identify how we want our plants and ideas to grow, and what it will take to do that. Without it, our ideas and actions won’t fly. Obstacles are necessary to formulate a navigation plan. They provide the pushback that gives us an opportunity to lift ourselves to someplace higher than ourselves, our conditions, our nations, our identities, our affiliations. My list can stop there, though it’s not exhaustive. You have your own lists. I’m giving you a one of my spider babies so you can choose how, where and why to grow it, and whether to pass it on.

    Change is inevitable and very often out of our control. If nothing goes anywhere or changes, by definition there can be no remains. The earth doesn’t orbit around the sun. Nothing is left behind. No spider plant is sold and left behind, and no spider babies are transferred. No connections and exchanges happen. Ideas and efforts don’t take off and fly. I’m thinking about our focus here in Buffalo, NY, USA on healing as a force and result of change. I will think more here about how change itself and what’s left behind as a result of change heal. I will also think about how enacting healing, behaving in a healing manner, and leaving things behind brings about change. And the pushback that is as inevitable as change.

  3. Update on our Buffalo State event:

    THE THEME OF THE BUFFALO EVENT IS HEALING.

    We’ll be gathered at the Buffalo State Campus beginning at 11:30 AM on September 24, 2011 and remaining until “the last poet sings.” The event is to be outdoors on the Rockwell Hall quadrangle between Ketchum Hall and Bacon Hall. In the event of bad weather, we will move indoors to the Bulger Communication Center.
    In the evening the event will shift to the Bulger Communication Center, where there will be musical and other activities.
    NOTE: PARKING WILL BE OPEN AND FREE ANYWHERE ON THE CAMPUS ON THAT DAY.

  4. Those joining the reading circle in the daytime might consider bringing blankets or lawn chairs. No furniture is provided by the college.

  5. PRESS RELEASE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE
    A COOPERATIVE GLOBAL EVENT WITH EVENTS IN BUFFALO, NY

    Buffalo State College Campus, Saturday, 9/24/2011 11:30 A.M. :
    “100 Thousand Poets for Change,” the Buffalo area poetry community joins with poets in 600 events 450 cities in 95 countries to participate in this global event focusing on poetry as an instrument of social change. The theme of the Buffalo event is HEALING.
    It will take place outdoors in the Rockwell Hall quadrangle between Ketchum Hall and Bacon Hall on the Buffalo State College campus. (Please bring a folding chair or blanket for seating.) In the event of inclement weather, it will be held indoors in BSC ’s Bulger Communication Center .
    Pre-event sign up and open slot poetry readings of about 3 minutes each, with the possibility of reading again as time allows, will begin at 11:30 AM and will continue throughout the day. The event will also include musical, dance, choral and other performances, mainly during the evening, in the Bulger Communications center.
    To get directions or learn more about the event, contact Buffalo organizers David Landrey and Susan Hutton at http://www.facebook.com/groups/100TPCBFLOWNY or email chaosbewitched@yahoo.com if you don’t have a facebook account. The global website is http://www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange/
    The basis for our emphasis on healing is Karen Armstrong’s Charter for compassion. On February 28, 2008 Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize and made a wish: for help creating, launching and propagating a Charter for Compassion. On November 12, 2009 the Charter was unveiled to the world.
    Among those who have already given the charter their backing are Richard Branson, musician Peter Gabriel, Sir Ken Robinson and the Dalai Lama. As of December 2010, over 60,000 other people from around the world have affirmed the charter.

  6. THE WEATHER FORECAST HAS WORSENED AND FORCED US INDOORS TO THE BULGER COMMUNICATION CENTER. THE POETRY CIRCLE WILL FORM IN THE ATRIUM ON THE THIRD FLOOR AT 11:30 AND CONTINUE ALL DAY, PERHAPS EVEN INTO THE EVENING.

    EVENING EVENTS FOR 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE:
    (ALL EVENTS IN THE BULGER COMMUNICATION CENTER ON THE BUFFALO STATE CAMPUS)
    [1] ON THE FIRST FLOOR, BEGINNING AT 6:30 IN EITHER N OR S, VARIOUS SONG, DANCE, AND MUSIC EVENTS PERFORMED BY DANIELLE, SISTER CAROLINE, REVEREND JOHN BELL, JUDITH MANN, PASTOR JEREMIAH SNELL, THERESA BALDWIN AND OTHERS.
    [2] ON THE THIRD FLOOR, BEGINNING AT 6:30 IN A ROOM TO BE DETERMINED, STORYTELLERS ROBERT MINKOFF, LORNA CZARNOTA, “AUNT MAY,” AND DAN HILL.
    [3] ON THE THIRD FLOOR, BEGINNING AT 6:30 IN ROOM W 2, MUSIC BY:
    GUBB (COOPER), JACK (FEUERSTEIN), AND KEVIN (CONNORS)
    JIM IAROCCI, CARL THIEL, AND DAVE WITTMAN
    JOHNNY RYDER MUNT AND DAN ERICKSON
    ROBB NESBITT.
    [4] ON THE THIRD FLOOR, BEGINNING AT 7:00 IN THE ATRIUM, DAN KOLB ON SOLO GUITAR IMPROVISING TO POEMS BY SEVERAL WRITERS.

  7. What a Grand time” this event is/was- I look forward too seeing and being a part of this again next YR. A big “”BRAVO”" well done too all whom came to put this GREAT event together, And TOO All the poets whom submited there “WORKS OF ART”….. -had a grand time !

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